How to Remove Labels From Jars (and Turn Jars Into Glassware)

Categories: Tips & Tricks, Recycle

The key to this admittedly non-revolutionary method is regularly consuming something that comes in a wide-mouthed glass jar — a beloved brand of almond butter, for example, or salsa.

Jars are so popular right now aren’t they? I’m talking about standard Mason jars, of course, but also jars of all shapes and sizes. People are re-using them for crafts, storage, and pretty much anything you can imagine. 

I always save my jars, but never end up using them because I always dread having to get all the little pieces of labels and glue off of them, so they just sit in my cupboard. This last weekend though, I needed some for a little craft we were doing at Kennedy’s Halloween party, so I needed to suck it up and get the job done. Of course, you could just buy a pack of smooth mason jars, but it’s a little more satisfying to reuse old jars, isn’t it?

I’ve read that a lot of people swear by using nail polish remover, but since I had quite a few jars to do, and since I’m really paranoid about inhaling chemicals for any length of time, I thought it would be a good opportunity to find a better way.

If the label is stuck firmly to the jar, soak the jar in warm, soapy water for a few minutes, then peel thelabel off. You will likely have lots of paper and/or glue residue left over, which is fine. Mix equal parts of baking soda and oil. You can use any cooking oil, such as canola oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil.

The method is so simple.

  1. Mix together equal amounts of baking soda and cooking oil – for one small jar, a tablespoon of each will be plenty.
  2. Rub the mixture all over the sticky parts of the glass jar.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rub with an abrasive scrubbie (I used steel wool)
  5. Wash really well with soap and water

via AppartmentTherapy

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